Board and Chair Leadership During Challenging Times: A cross-sector perspective
The role of Non-Executive Directors in Whitehall departments continues to evolve. Indeed, the chairmanship of the Secretary of State makes this a unique environment in relation to governance, whilst the lack of legal accountability and responsibility can bring a significant degree of ambiguity.
Professor Andrew Kakabadse has highlighted in a recent report that Non-Executive Directors can provide effective oversight and make a valued contribution in a Whitehall context. In addition, he has contributed to significant work on how the Chair and Board can steer complex organisations through crises and challenging times.
For individuals accountable to Boards and both current & aspiring Non-Executive Directors, it is important that they understand the nuances of governance, and the structure in which Board members operate.
In this session, we will hear from both Public and Private Board level perspectives on addressing ever complex challenges, and how these can be harnessed in new environments.
About the speakers:
Sir Peter has held senior positions spanning both public and private sectors in the healthcare, technology and telecommunications industries. His previous senior board level appointments include Chairman of Tate and Lyle plc, Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, Managing Director of Marconi Electronic Systems and a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board.
Sir Peter currently holds external appointments as a Non-executive Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Management Board, Trustee of The Sutton Trust, Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation and Chairman of Join Dementia Research (JDR) Partnership Board. He is also a board member of the Investor Forum.
Gaenor has a particular interest in talent management and leadership development within international organisations.
She combines a chartered accountancy qualification with extensive HR experience within an international professional services environment and a strong understanding of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate social responsibility.
Most of her professional career has been as an M&A tax advisor with PwC. Having led the UK M&A tax practice from 2008 to 2011, she was appointed to the Executive Board of PwC UK in 2011 to be Head of People, with responsibilities for developing the firm’s People Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. Alongside this role she was the Global Head of Learning and Development, responsible for the development strategy for the PwC network firms. From July 2016 to 31 December 2017 Gaenor was Head of Corporate Purpose at PwC UK, leading on PwC’s CSR agenda.
Gaenor retired from PwC in December 2017. Her current roles include:
- Non-Executive director at Zopa Bank Limited
- Non-executive Board Member, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- External member of Remuneration Committee, Cambridge University
- Non-Executive director of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, NHS Foundation trust
- Non-Executive Director and Chair designate at TKAT Multi Academy Trust
- Chair of Chartered Management Consultant Oversight Board.
Andrew is Professor of Governance and Strategic Leadership at the UK’s Henley Business School, and also an Emeritus Professor of International Management Development at Cranfield University’s School of Management.
Andrew enjoys working across the globe in a variety of capacities. He has consulted and lectured in the UK, Europe, the USA, SE Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Georgia, the Gulf States and Australia. He is currently embarked on a major £2 million global study of boardroom effectiveness and governance practice, with the participation of a number of governments including British Ministers of State.
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